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MUS 1112: Classical Guitar For Beginners Description Designed to provide students with basic classical guitar playing techniques and performance. Students will also be given basic skills in handling, maintenance and storage of a guitar as well as handling of Rehearsals. Emphasis is on fundamentals: Reading music, posture, hand position, fingering, rhythm, chord structure and progressions, and performance. The course is heavily grounded in practical performance and theory is only to enhance the practice. Every student must participate in the Departmental Performances as part of course work. Requirement: Students will be required to acquire a personal instrument to enable them practice on their own. Objectives i. To develop correct sitting posture and appropriate hand positions ii. To demonstrate proper care and maintenance of the guitar iii. To develop an understanding of basic classical guitar playing skills and musical fundamentals iv. To develop in students an appreciation and enjoyment of guitar music v. To equip students with basic aural and sight singing skills Course Outline Topic 1: Introduction to the classical Guitar • Anatomy of the Guitar: Parts and Components of Classical Guitars • Handling, Care, and Storage of the Instrument • Handling Rehearsals Topic 2: Basics in Guitar Playing • Guitar Fingerboard, Chord Charts and Finger Exercises • Guitar Tuning Methods: A Digital Tuner, 5th Position Method, and Harmonics • Guitar Tablature and Rhythmic Symbols Topic 3: Basic Guitar Playing Techniques • Open Chords Style • Scales Style • Strumming Style • Finger Picking Style Topic 4: Fretboard • Positions: First, Fifth, Seventh, and Twelfth • Open String and Fretted Note Identification Topic 5: Chromatic Scale Exercises: Simultaneous Coordination of the Right and Left Hands Topic 6: 15 Basic Chords and Various Strumming Patterns Topic 7: 10 Essential Barre Chord Shapes and Inversions: Major and Minor Topic 8: Blues Progressions: I IV V, I IV II V, I IV VI II V Utilizing Major, 7th And 9th Chords Topic 9: Rhythm: Playing Progressions in 4/4 Time Topic 10: Blues Pentatonic Scale: Foundation for Lead Playing Topic 11: Basic and Advance Blues Licks: Lead Patterns Utilizing the Minor Pentatonic Scale Topic 12: Basic Lead Technique: Hammer On’s, Pull Off’s, Slides, and Note Bends Topic 13: Vibrato: The Proper Application Topic 14: Fundamentals of Theory • Reading Notes in First Position Treble Clef • Note Division in 4/4 Time • The 12 Tone System • Key Transposing Learning Outcomes i. Ability to tune, adapt the correct posture, and handle the guitar properly ii. Ability to identify all the notes on the guitar fingerboard iii. Ability to play basic left and right hand technique building exercises iv. Ability to play at least two sets of barre chords v. Ability to hear and write down (aural skills) simple melodies vi. Ability to sight sing simple melodies Methods of Teaching/Delivery Homework, lecture, demonstration, individual instruction, tutorial Modes of Assessment Course work • Attendance and participation in class: 5% • Weekly performance assessment: 20% • Sight Singing: 5% • Aural assignment: 5% • Departmental Performances: 5% Final examinations • Practical: o Sight singing: 5% o o • Aural: 5% Performance: 20% Written: 30% Selected Readings i. Flores, Richard. 1999. 60 Classical Guitar Solos: Beginning to Intermediate. ii. Leavitt, William G. 1998. A Modern Method For Guitar. Volume I. Berklee Press. iii. Schmid, Will and Greg Koch. 2000. The Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One. 2nd Ed. Hal Leonard Publishing.